We can all agree that one of the most exciting and important innovations in dental care is the discipline of implant dentistry. It is truly satisfying to find that over the past 50 years, implant dentistry has gone from being the treatment of doubt to the desired state-of-the-art treatment. The AAID and its membership have played key roles in this transition. Most days dentists and hygienists are treating patients who have dental implants. Approximately 3 million people in the U.S. have dental implants, and more than 500,000 implants are placed each year with a predicted $13 billion market by 2023.(1, 2)

Systematic reviews evaluating survival rates of implants found that 2-3% of placed implants are lost during the healing phase and the annual failure rate following loading is 0.3% to 1.3%. This represents an impressive 10-yr survival rate of implant-supported single crowns of 95.2% (3),...

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